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rītĕ, adv. [perh. an old abl. form collat. with ritu, as, on the other hand, diu with die, and noctu with nocte; subst. rite = ritu, is now found only in rite nefasto libatus, Stat. Th. 11, 285].

1. Lit., according to religious ceremonies or observances; and pregn., with due religious observances or rites, according to religious usage: nocturna mulierum sacrificia ne sunto praeter olla quae pro populo rite fient, Cic. Leg. 2, 9, 21: rite veteres, rite etiam vestri coluere divos, id. poët. Div. 1, 13, 21: neque duobus nisi certis deis rite una hostia fieri, Liv. 27, 25, 9: exsequiis rite solutis, Verg. A. 7, 5: centum mactabat rite bidentes, id. ib. 7, 93: deos apprecati, Hor. C. 4, 15, 28: Latonae puerum canentes, id. ib. 4, 6, 37: rebus divinis perpetratis, Liv. 1, 8: pecora sacrificant, id. 41, 18: votum solvi, id. 31, 9: templa sacerdotum rite dicata manu, Ov. F. 1, 610.—

2. Transf., in gen., in a proper or just manner; fitly, duly, rightly, aright, well: quod fit rite id ratum ac rectum est, Varr. L. L. 7, 88 Müll.: rite significat bene ac recte, Paul. ex Fest. p. 272 ib.: idque ut rite intellegas te facere, Afran. ap. Charis. p. 193 P.: hunc deum rite beatum dixerimus, rightly, with justice or reason, Cic. N. D. 1, 20, 52; so, habere, id. ib. 2, 24, 62: appellari, id. Fin. 2, 12, 37; Ov. M. 3, 264; 14, 433 al.: creatus tribunus, Quint. 2, 4, 35: rebus paratis, Verg. A. 4, 555: memor, id. ib. 5, 25: aperire partus, Hor. C. S. 13: mens rite Nutrita, id. C. 4, 4, 25: si maxima Juno Rite vocor, Ov. M. 3, 264; id. H. 7, 108: QVON RITE RECTE DE FINIBVS CVM VELIENS. ACTVM SIT, Inscr. Orell. 137: deos veneror, Ut, quod de meā re huc veni, rite venerim, at the right time, fortunately, Plaut. Poen. 5, 1, 18; Verg. A. 10, 254: Nymphas venerabar, Rite secundarent visus, id. ib. 3, 36.—

b. In the usual way, manner, or fashion; according to custom or usage: retinentes pocula rite, Lucr. 1, 495: campestres Scythae, Quorum plaustra vagas rite trahunt domos, Hor. C. 3, 24, 10: religatos rite videbat Carpere gramen equos, Verg. A. 9, 352. —

c. Esp., in the manner or form prescribed by law, legally, formally, solemnly: hic enim rite productust patri, Plaut. Bacch. 3, 3, 51: rite creatus tribunus, Quint. 2, 4, 35: matrimonium rite confectum, Tert. ad Uxor. 2, 3.